Chuck Norris, John Travolta and JCVD Lined Up for 'Expendables 2'?
Back in June we learned that Con-Air director Simon West would be at the helm of The Expendables 2 which is aiming for an August 17th, 2012 release, but aside from the assumption that surviving cast members from the first film would return, we've yet to hear information on any new cast members. However, Novinite (via Collider) recently spoke with David Varod, CEO of the Bulgarian film company Nu Boyana, who talked about some films shooting in the country, including the action sequel. In the interview, Varod mentioned John Travolta, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme as part of the cast.
When asked about some big names coming to Bulgaria, the CEO confirmed The Expendables sequel would be shooting in the country in the second week of September and rambled off Norris, Van Damme and Travolta along with returning cast members Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke. In addition, Vorad also included Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis as returning cast members, so it sounds like they may have a bigger role in the sequel than their cameos from the first film, and that can only be good news for action fans.
While the source is reliable, this should only be considered a rumor at this point until we hear something official. After all, Schwarzenegger is supposed to return to work with The Last Stand, and that project was also expected to shoot in September. The addition of Travolta and Van Damme would be fun, but I'm not sold on the inclusion of Norris. Yes, he was once a big action star, but since he's now become a popular internet meme, I'm not sure I could take him seriously in the sequel. Personally, I'd like to see someone like Steven Seagal added into the mix, but he might just be another punchline waiting to happen as well. Stay tuned as more information becomes available.